Sandra at Transpose Barbican with Chris Red (onscreen)

...storytelling with conscience & consciousness.

– d'bi.young.anitafrica

Sandra is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and curator who has published and presented widely throughout the UK, North America and Europe. 


Sandra's poetic love affair with voice-activated software and disability poetics, Naturally Speaking, co-won Canada's 2013 bpNichol Award. She has published two other books of poetry and a chapbook of short fiction.

Sandra's writing and artworks have been anthologised in publications including Catechism: Poems For Pussy Riot (English PEN), The State of the Arts (Coach House Books), Outspoken (Playwrights Canada), Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals (Comma Press), The Mirror in The Mirror (Comma Press), Can'tLit: Fearless Fiction (ECW) and Feral Feminisms. 

Sandra was guest editor at Jacket2 for a special edition on Scottish poets, and is co-editor (with Khairani Barokka & Daniel Sluman) on Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, an anthology of UK poets forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in May. 

Sandra's readings and performances include Transpose Barbican, Roundhouse, Ledbury Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Soho Theatre (Oxford Playhouse), Arts & Precarity, Aye Write!, Jawdance (Apples & Snakes), Ottawa International Writers Festival and VERSeFest. She has a reputation for innovative interdisciplinary collaborations, and currently writes and performs with They They Theys.

Sandra was recently commissioned as arts curator and filmmaker for Disability Arts Online's Viewfinder project, where she curated (with Lisa Mattocks and SICK! Festival) an exciting playlist of films by and about disabled and D/deaf artists, and co-created five new documentaries (with Lisa Mattocks). She was one of Anatomy Arts' Associate Artists for 2016, where she collaborated with 15 artists and developed a live short story reading and film project based on her story, 'Equivalence' (published by Comma, 2017).

Sandra's group shows include London's Tate Modern and Berlin's Schwules Museum. Sandra has exhibited solo work at Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham), Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, macrobert Stirling, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Malmo Queer Film Festival and Entzaubert Film Festival (Berlin). In 2013, she was awarded a Cultural Commission (National Lottery/LGBT History Month) to mentor D/deaf and disabled queer and trans filmmakers in Scotland.

Since 2009, Sandra has curated Scotland's intersectional arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! She has been artist-in-residence at Canada's Banff Centre, Mexico's FONCA, and Scotland's GoMA. Along with Ajamu X, she was an inaugural artist-in-residence at Trongate 103.

The place is rammed...and the show does not disappoint. Reminiscent of Miranda July and complemented by a deadpan delivery, Alland's words are at once both drolly funny and sweetly strange. 

– Lock Up Your Daughters Magazine, Glasgow

photo by Kat Gollock